POPULISM, YELLOW VESTS & FORT MCMURRAY

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To kick of the New Year I read Stephen Harper’s “Right Here Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption.” It comes out my desire as a pastor and leader to be like the Old Testament men of Issachar, who are described as “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (1 […]

The Syrian Refugee Dilemma

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This post is adapted from an article in Fort McMurray Today, Friday September 25, 2015 Where are you at as you consider the dilemma of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond flooding into Europe? Moved? Getting involved? Fearful? Cynical? A group from my church family, Fort City Church, has been moved by this huge […]

Learning The Art of Teaching From a Canadian Sniper

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This summer I had a “bucket-list” experience of taking a basic marksmanship course from Rob Furlong. He’s the former Canadian military sniper who held for a period of time, the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at 2,430 meters. I was pumped at reaching the point where I was able to successfully […]

Navigating Christian Bravado With My Islamic Neighbour

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This week I got a phone call by a well-intentioned Christian group who wanted to present “the facts” about Islam, to people in our city and were wondering if we at Fort McMurray Alliance would host a seminar. I checked the group out and discovered that one of their convictions is that an evil movement […]

Is Jesus A Riders Fan?

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There’s a picture circulating on the Internet of Jesus gently displaying a melon before a young girl, wearing a Riders jersey under his white robe. What, Jesus a melon-head? Jesus a Riders fan? Many who are a part of the Rider Nation are absolutely convinced! As we look forward to Sunday’s epic Grey Cup between […]

Thanksgiving: It Just Might Be Originally Canadian!

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Since 1623, North Americans have taken time at the completion of the harvest to give thanks to God for His abundant provision.  Okay I get that here in Wood Buffalo our cash crop bitumen, is a continual harvest. So all the more to be thankful for!! It’s true that Thanksgiving including turkey and pumpkin pie […]

Tracking Moose & Experiencing God

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 I remember well the very first time I, well let’s use the politically correct term, “harvested” a moose. It was a clear crisp autumn morning; the leaves were just beginning to turn a brilliant yellow and orange. Between my friend the veteran moose hunter and myself we had a cow and a calf tag. We […]